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Who We Are


Nicole Bindler

Nicole Bindler is a body-based performing artist whose dances have been shown throughout the U.S., Canada, Argentina and in Berlin, Tokyo, Beirut, Bethlehem, Mexico City and Quito. Her work has been supported by the Leeway Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (through Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts), Philadelphia Dance Projects, Mascher Space Cooperative, the Community Education Center, the FringeArts and the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.  www.nicolebindler.com READ MORE


Meredith Bove

 Meredith Bove is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and writer currently based in the Washington, DC area. She approaches movement as a mode for understanding the body as a process-oriented,  unfixed, and continuously evolving entity. Her work has been seen at various venues and  festivals in the US and in Berlin, Germany. Meredith has taught at Hollins  University, Montgomery College, The Dance Exchange, and The Collective (Baltimore). She  holds a BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and an MFA from Hollins  University in Roanoke, VA. meredithbove.wordpress.com READ MORE


Megan Bridge

Megan Bridge is a dancer, choreographer, curator and writer. She currently co-directs FIDGET, a platform for her collaborative work with Peter Price. She works and lives in a warehouse space in Kensington (the fidget space) with her husband and two kids.   READ MORE


Lynn Matluck Brooks
Editorial Board

Lynn Matluck Brooks has headed the Dance Program at Franklin & Marshall College since 1984. The recipient of several awards for her research work in dance history, Brooks has also written reviews for Dance Magazine, served as editor of Dance Research Journal and Dance Chronicle: Studies in Dance and the Related Arts, and published books and scholarly articles. An active choreographer, researcher, and teacher, she specializes in modern dance, baroque dance and notation, movement analysis, and dance history. READ MORE


Ellen Chenoweth
Editorial Board

Ellen Chenoweth is the Interim Director of the Dance Presenting Series at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago.   READ MORE


Thomas Choinacky

Thomas Choinacky is an interdisciplinary artist vanguard. His current artistic practice studies how architecture manipulates his body’s movement. This practice brings attention to detail and scale, including the belief that architecture is more than physical walls, but also the perception of the senses, scaled through memory. READ MORE


Anna Drozdowski

Through Ladybird, Anna embarks on international projects in organizational development, mutual understanding and research--most often in dance.  Along with artists who make honest, ambitious work she remains curious about like-minds in far-flung places who are interested in the individual and the body. READ MORE


Julius Ferraro

Julius Ferraro is a journalist, performer, playwright, and project manager based in Philadelphia. He is co-founder of Curate This and editor-in-chief of thINKingDANCE. READ MORE


Eleanor Goudie-Averill

 Eleanor Goudie-Averill is a 2007 MFA Dance Performance graduate of the University of Iowa and dances for Group Motion and Tori Lawrence + Co in Philadelphia.  Since 2007, she has co-directed the Stone Depot Dance Lab, and shown work in NYC, Philly and throughout the Midwest.  She holds a BFA from the University of Kansas and has danced in works by Jose Limon, Bill Young and Lucinda Childs.   READ MORE


Patricia Graham

Patricia seeks the indelible center of cultural joy, following an eclectic path of interest in that pursuit; curiously  seeking other travelers; seriously selecting threads. Her inquiries are presently couched in teaching dance appreciation and other circuitous endeavors. She studies Afro-Cuban percussion and is a vocal and movement improviser. She holds a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Temple University, Magna Cum Laude. READ MORE


Sara Graybeal

 Sara Graybeal is a writer, teaching artist, and spoken word performer living in Philadelphia.  She is a member of the Backyard Writers’ Fiction Workshop and the  founder of the Poeticians, a group of young activist poets based in the neighborhood  of Point Breeze. READ MORE


Beau Hancock

Beau Hancock is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and educator. He earned his MFA in Dance from Temple University, where he was a University Fellow and Rose Vernick Choreographic Achievement Award recipient.   As a choreographer, he frequently collaborates with Eleanor Goudie-Averill as the company Stone Depot, most recently presenting in the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. READ MORE


Jenna Horton

 Jenna Horton lives in Philadelphia as a performance artist, thinker, and maverick theatre maker. She is currently meditating for 20 minutes a day and actively investigating  independently led learning outside of an institution. She loves the live arts for providing  a place to explore how bodies breathe and think and speak. www.jennahorton.com READ MORE


Kirsten Kaschock
Editorial Board

Kirsten Kaschock is the author of three books of poetry: The Dottery,  A Beautiful Name for a Girl,  and  Unfathoms. Sleight--her novel about performance, artistic responsibility, and atrocity--is available from Coffee House Press. She is currently on faculty at Drexel University. READ MORE


Gregory King

  Gregory King holds an MFA from Southern Methodist University. He is also certified in Elementary Labanotation by The Dance Notation Bureau. He has performed with The Washington Ballet, Donald Byrd/The Group, The Metropolitan Opera, Erick Hawkins Dance Company, and The Lion King on Broadway. Currently, Mr. King serves assistant professor of dance at Kent State University.   READ MORE


Andrew Sargus Klein

Andrew Sargus Klein is a poet, editor and performer who lives in Baltimore with his partner Lynne Price. Together they curate the interdisciplinary performance series States & Drives as well as create their own work. Andrew is the author of the poetry chapbook Bluemore (Furniture Press Books, 2014), and his work has been published in Everyday Genius, Fruita Pulp, and Harlequin Creature. He is one half of Klein/Prince, an improvisational and experimental project combining music, poetry and found texts. Andrew is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore. READ MORE


Lisa Kraus

Lisa began writing to chronicle teaching Trisha Brown’s 'Glacial Decoy' to the Paris Opera Ballet in 2003. Since then her articles and essays have been published in Dance Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Dance Advance Archive and many more. She also curates the Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series. READ MORE


Janna Meiring

Janna Meiring is a performing artist, improviser, teacher, and writer. The core of her interest lies in the body as site, resource, archive, and connecting-point to all things--tangible and intangible. She seeks to rattle-up and give form to the deepest knowings that are held in the body in order to reweave a new personal and collective narrative. Her creative work manifests in many forms: performance installation and site-specific events, collaborative new work, facilitating, and teaching. READ MORE


Carolyn Merritt
Interim Executive Director

  Carolyn is an anthropologist, writer and dancer.  She is the author of Tango Nuevo (University Press of Florida, 2012), part memoir and part ethnographic study of contemporary Argentine tango.  Carolyn teaches courses in anthropology and performance studies at Bryn Mawr College.           READ MORE


Rhonda Moore

 For Rhonda Moore, putting words on paper is a choreographic process--from the mind to the blank sheet and then on to the observation and interpretation of all who may witness what is always, on some level a look inside someone else’s personal experience.  Everything Moore does, sees, and reacts to (or not) is colored by the indelible mark living in movement and dance has bestowed upon her. READ MORE


Scott Rodrigue

Scott Rodrigue is a psychophysical movement researcher, collaborative theatre maker, and facilitative artist. He has extensive training in a variety of Grotowski lineages, viewpoints, Suzuki, and composition. To date most of his creative work has been as a director in NYC, though he is currently working towards developing a research ensemble here in Philadelphia. His workshop series Integrated Acts and Manifest Rivers was most recently co-produced by and at The Whole Shebang. TowardsAResearchEnsemble@gmail.com READ MORE


Kalila Kingsford Smith

  Philadelphia native Kalila Kingsford Smith is a performer, choreographer, dance writer and teacher based in Philadelphia. She relishes the challenge of creating movement, language,  and experiences that are accessible to audiences from a variety of backgrounds. She has worked as a performer and choreographer with Dancefusion, as an Adjunct Factulty member at  Temple University,  and as a teacher at Gwendolyn Bye Dance Center. She graduated from the  University of Michigan with a BFA in Dance and a BA in Cultural Anthropology.   READ MORE


Jonathan Stein

Jonathan Stein’s day job is general counsel at Community Legal Services Inc.  where since 1968,  he has pursued anti-poverty lawyering.  Taking modern dance and contact improvisation since the 1970s,   his performances since   1989 include Headlong Dance Theater's Cell  and Jerome Bel’s The Show Must Go On.   He  also writes dance and theater reviews for BroadStreetReview.com READ MORE


Megan Stern

Megan Wilson Stern is a dance artist and educator living in West Philly. Megan performs and collaborates with many local choreographers and is a dedicated practitioner of improvisation, with a particular interest in Contact Improvisation. She teaches dance to young children at Koresh School of Dance and Yoga at Temple University and is a Feldenkrais practitioner-in-training. Megan joined thINKingDANCE in 2015.  READ MORE


Zornitsa Stoyanova

 Zornitsa Stoyanova is a performance artist, curator, writer, lighting and video designer. A native of Bulgaria, she holds a BA in Dance and Sound Design from Bennington College, VT. After concluding her studies, she moved to Philadelphia, PA where she started creating, producing and presenting performing art and video under the name Here[begin] Dance. In 2008 Zornitsa was a fellow with Headlong Performance Institute and later studied with Deborah Hay and Meg Stuart. Her studies with Hay and Stuart are a tremendous influence in the way she creates performance. Most recently, Mylar reflective material and custom lighting are integral part of her video, performance and photography work. In October 2015, she is starting a yearlong residency at space in Philadelphia. READ MORE


Kat Sullivan

Kat J. Sullivan is a dancer and writer in the greater Philadelphia area.  Since graduating from Franklin & Marshall College with degrees in Dance  and Anthropology, Kat has been an active dancer, writer, and  choreographer throughout Pennsylvania and New York. She writes for  thINKingDANCE and is on faculty at Temple University. READ MORE


Karl Surkan

 Karl Surkan is an educator, performing arts critic, cellist, cultural theorist, and freelance writer, based in Northwest Philadelphia and Boston. He has a Ph.D. in English with a Feminist Studies minor from the University of Minnesota and has been teaching primarily in gender and sexuality studies for the past 20 years in a variety of locations, including MIT, Tufts, UMass-Boston, Temple, and Swarthmore. READ MORE


Becca Weber
Editorial Board

  Becca Weber is always asking questions.  Most of the time, these investigate the places where the body meets the brain—where dance and Somatics intersect.  She is a TA and MFA Candidate at Temple University, and holds a Master’s degree in Dance & Somatic Well-Being from the University of Central Lancashire. In addition to performing, she choreographs work in Philadelphia and surrounding areas as Somanaut Dance. She plays with bodies, ideas, space and words.       READ MORE


Whitney Weinstein

Whitney H. Weinstein arrived in Philadelphia in 2008 to expand on her small-town life in Lancaster, PA.  Upon completion of her BFA in dance at Temple University, Whitney continued to teach, choreograph, and perform with coEXIST Dance Company.  She is thrilled to be  writing for thINKingDANCE, and is currently pursuing a Master's in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling. READ MORE



We began in 2011 with a cohort of 21 writers. Some are still writing for TD and others have moved on. We occasionally invite guest writers to submit a piece. READ MORE


Hadar Ahuvia

Hadar Ahuvia is a thINKing DANCE guest writer. She is a Brooklyn based performer, choreographer, and educator making dances grounded in physical research and political consciousness. She performs her own work and that of established and emerging choreographers throughout NYC. Ahuvia was raised in Israel and the U.S., trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and she earned a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. She was a 2012 DTW/NYLA Fresh Tracks Artstist and is 2015 Movement Research Artists in Residence. READ MORE


Lisa Bardarson

  Lisa Bardarson has danced with South Street Dance Company,  Dance Conduit and independent choreographers Philip Grosser and Jano Cohen, to name a few.  In addition to her own choreography, Bardarson’s eclectic background includes in-depth study at the Laban Institute for Movement Studies and a fifteen year practice in bodywork.    READ MORE


Thomas Devaney
Guest Writer

Thomas Devaney is the author of Calamity Jane (Furniture Press Books,  2014) and The Picture That Remains (The Print Center, 2014). Devaney  was awarded a  PewFellowship in the Arts in the spring 2014. Hanging Loose Press is publishing his fifth book of poems Runaway Goat Cart in 2015.  Projects with the Institute of Contemporary Art include "Tales from the 215" for "Philadelphia Freedom" with Zoe Strauss and  "The Empty House"  at the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site for "The Big Nothing."   He teaches at Haverford  College. READ MORE


Julie Diana

Julie Diana is a principal dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet and a former principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet. She holds a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and has written for various publications including Playbill, Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Teacher, and Dance Spirit. She is married to PA Ballet principal dancer Zachary Hench with whom she has two children. READ MORE


Meg Foley

Meg Foley is a dance artist and the director of Moving Parts, a name ascribed to various dance- and performance-based actions that explore the materiality of dance and its relationship to form. To that end, she has recently recommitted to an improvisational solo practice. She loves to watch, reflect on, and talk about performance and is very excited to flex those muscles in a more structured way in the thINKingDANCE project. READ MORE


Ellen Gerdes

Ellen Gerdes currently teaches dance, its theory, and its education at Temple University, Drexel University, the Folk Arts Cultural Treasures School, and in Philadelphia’s public schools. Her work as a dance educator is deeply informed by her ethnographic research and written scholarship on dance of the Chinese Diaspora. She is a member of the Mendelssohn Club Choir and the Leah Stein Dance Company. READ MORE


Christina Gesualdi

Originally from Bucks County and currently a resident of Fishtown, Christina has spent the last eight years galavanting around Philly appreciating the generous and sincere art community here. Christina enjoys folding choreography, performance, movement education, and arts administration and advocacy into her artistic pursuits and curiosities. She is easily sidetracked from work (like writing her own bio) because practicing yoga, improvising in the kitchen (both with food and movement), watching snip-its of her favorite choreographer, Ivana Muller's, work on youtube, and discussing art and life with her lovely housemates lure her away. READ MORE


Kristen Gillette

Kristen Gillette (TD Intern and Writer) is a senior Magazine Journalism undergrad at Temple University looking to learn more about arts criticism and writing, driven by her new passion for dance. After taking dance lessons as a child, Kristen returned to ballet as an adult and blogs about her experience at Adultballerinaproject.com. READ MORE


Nishat Hossain
Guest Writer

Nishat Hossain is a BA candidate in Independent Visual Studies at Haverford College. READ MORE


Germaine Ingram
Guest Writer

Guest contributor Germaine Ingram is a percussive dancer, choreographer, vocal improviser, and composer.  Her projects deal with collective memory, history, and social justice themes.  She is a 2010 Pew Fellow, a Leeway Foundation Transformation Awardee, and recipient of numerous project grants.   READ MORE


Julie B. Johnson

Julie B. Johnson, a Baltimore native and longtime New York resident, is thrilled to call Philadelphia her new home.  She is an Artistic Director of Evolve Dance Inc., and a first-year PhD student in the Dance Program at Temple University, working on community interaction through choreography, education, performance, and collaboration.  READ MORE


Lily Kind
Guest Writer

Lily Kind is a dance artist and producer. She is interested in how comedy works, what our bodies know, the social functions of dance, and the possibility of being a locally responsible artist in a world of global capitalism. She made dances exclusively in Baltimore from 2008-2014 as directer of the Effervescent Collective, collaborating with folks like Bosley, Dan Deacon, Celebration, Baltimore Rock Opera Society, Annex Theater, and Single Carrot Theater. Together with childhood friend Adam Stone, she presents work as Pidgin. She teaches at Yoga Movement Sanctuary. Her dance writing is at Culturebot and www.lilykind.org READ MORE


Kilian Kröll

  Kilian Kröll, Certified Executive Coach, dancer, published writer and President of Third Culture Coach, earned a B.A. in English from Haverford College and an M.A. in Cultural Studies from the University of East London. Kilian grew up in a bilingual family of classical musicians in Germany, Austria and the U.S. He teaches creative executives how to thrive where cultural and vocational worlds intersect. READ MORE


Amelia Longo

Amelia has worked in arts administration for the past five years, and sees live dance as often as possible.  She has a background in creative and academic writing.  Thinking about dance critically and exploring journalistic writing will be an adventure. READ MORE


Roxanne Lyst

  Roxanne Lyst has been a member of Ailey II, Philadanco, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She has also performed with Dance Iquail and Waheed Works. Ms. Lyst is currently on faculty at Rutgers University Mason Gross Campus. She has taught at the Ailey School, Steps on Broadway, Philadanco, and Brooklyn Ballet. Ms. Lyst holds a Master of Fine Arts from Hollins University and has been honored by DanceUSA/Philadelphia. READ MORE


Jay Oatis

A 2013 Temple University Diamond Research Scholars grant recipient, Jay Oatis is a South Philadelphia based freelance dance artist. He has performed in works by Larry Keigwin, Megan Mazarick, Kyle Abraham and Beau Hancock. He currently works as a Teaching Artist for Pierre Dulaine’s award-winning Dancing Classrooms program, teaching ballroom dance to fifth grade students across the city. He also performs boylesque as Christian Crusade with Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque, Philadelphia’s multi-award winning and only queer burlesque troupe. READ MORE


Lynnette Young Overby

Dance is a central part of her life and has evolved through many roles including elementary school teacher, researcher, choreographer, teaching artist, and arts advocate. She is a collaborator, interpreter, and engager with the deeply held belief that every person should have the opportunity to experience dance as a unique and integral embodied form of communication. Currently she serves as a Professor of Theatre and Dance and Director of a university-wide, Undergraduate Research & Experiential Learning Program at the University of Delaware. READ MORE


Megan Mazarick
Guest Writer

Megan Mazarick is a choreographer and teacher. Growing up, she took  dance classes with her mom at a super dope dance studio that  encouraged creativity and loving the skin you are in. As a choreographer, she makes work that is humorous, political, theatrical, and personal, often including a stop motion physicality and love of  fantasy. She has shown work internationally (Singapore, Bulgaria,  Egypt, Poland, Australia, and Hungary) and throughout the USA  (Philadelphia, San Francisco,  Minneapolis, New York City, etc.). As a  performer she has worked with Susan Rethorst, Keith Thompson,  Marianela Boan, Merian Soto, Anonymous Bodies, and members of Lower Left. Megan has taught technique, improvisation, and composition  classes at studios, festivals, and universities around the globe. She  believes teaching dance is awesome and one day she will finally learn  to fly. READ MORE


Peter Price

Peter Price is a composer, digital artist, and media theorist. He co-directs thefidget space in Philadelphia, a research laboratory for new forms of art, performance, and media. He holds a PhD from the European Graduate School in Switzerland. READ MORE


Libby Rush

Libby Rush is currently working towards her BFA at the University of the Arts under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. So far, she has performed in works by Jesse Zaritt, Katie Swords-Thurman, Sidra Bell, and Douglas Becker. She also got the opportunity to dance in an exchange at the Center for Performance Research in New York City. READ MORE


Jim Rutter

Jim Rutter has covered dance and theatre in Philadelphia since 2005, where his work has appeared in Broad Street Review, the Philadelphia Inquirer and… READ MORE


Hannah Salzer
Guest writer

Hannah Salzer is a Brooklyn-based arts writer originally from Philadelphia. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2016 with a BA in English and American Studies. Her thesis, “Dancing Stone: Texture, Gesture, and Non/Human Sociality,” considers questions related to choreography and socio-ecological crisis. READ MORE


Lauren Samblanet

 Lauren Samblanet is a poetry MFA candidate at Temple University. She recently moved to Philadelphia from Boulder, Colorado. Her work often focuses on the ways that trauma affects the  body. Her work has been published in Walkabout and Adanna, and a dance-radio piece was  published on Colorado Public Radio’s website. READ MORE


Debbie Shapiro

Debbie Shapiro helps artists and inspiring people get their work done, and currently serves as a consultant for various small companies around town. Her fascination with dance and culture has traveled with her through the years and to the various places she has called home including New York, Paris, Israel, and Philadelphia. She holds an MS in Arts Administration from Drexel University. READ MORE


Toni Shapiro-Phim
Guest Writer

Toni Shapiro-Phim has a PhD in cultural anthropology from Cornell University. She’s held teaching and research appointments at the University of California-Berkeley, Yale University and Bryn Mawr College, focusing on dance, migration, war and social justice. Currently Director of Programs at the Philadelphia Folklore Project, a non-profit arts and social justice organization, she has spent years overseas working with artists in times of war and war’s aftermath. READ MORE


Rick Snyderman
Guest writer

Rick Snyderman as been a gallery owner since 1972, when he joined Ruth Snyderman at the Works Gallery, representing selected artists working in figurative, narrative, and functional ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber and wood. READ MORE


Nicole Sonsini
Guest Writer

Nicole Sonsini is an expressive arts social worker living, working, and napping in South Philadelphia. READ MORE


R. Eric Thomas

R. Eric Thomas is a playwright, teaching artist and storyteller. His solo show, "Will You Accept This Friend Request?" premieres in November as part of the First Person Festival. READ MORE


Laura Vriend

Laura Vriend is a doctoral candidate in Critical Dance Studies at the University of California, Riverside currently working on her dissertation project, which examines theories of space in relation to the site-based work of several Philadelphia area choreographers. When she is not writing her dissertation, Laura can be found teaching dance composition at Bryn Mawr College or making dances in her living room, kitchen, shower and dreams. READ MORE


Kariamu Welsh

Kariamu Welsh is a Professor of dance at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Kariamu is the artistic director of Kariamu & Co.: Traditions and she is the founding artistic director of the National Dance Company of Zimbabwe. READ MORE


Annie Wilson

Annie Wilson is a local person who wears several different hats in the realms of dancing, performing, embodiment, and writing. She is currently interested in the audience-performer relationship and the boundaries of the self. She last wrote professionally for Philly Fiction 2. READ MORE